Let's be honest, cats and books are the perfect combinations. One can't help but love cats! and if you say you don't like cats, then surely you haven't lived with one. They're the cutest and most lovable pets anyone can get.
And it just turns out that today, October 29th, is National Cat Day! So we decided to make a list of authors who loved and were inspired by their cats. Have you read any of them?
Jorge Luis Borges
The Argentine author shared his life with many feline companions, including a large feline called Beppo. He wrote many poems, including one called "To a Cat", and wrote some others dedicated to Beppo.
You may not know this, but T.S. Eliot wrote a book of light verse called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, which is a collection of 15 poems that talk about the different personalities and eccentricities of cats. Some of the names in this book may sound familiar, like Rum Tum Tugger and Old Deuteronomy, and that is because this collection of poems inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber to write the long-running Broadway musical, Cats.
We know by all of his works in detective fiction. He was brilliant at creating twisting plots and fantastic characters like the detective Philip Marlowe. But one thing you may not know about him is that he really loved cats. In fact, he had a cat named Taki.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin wrote essays, novels, poems, and many things in between. She created amazing works that were inspired by the landscape and profound elemental forces...and she was a cat lady. She had many feline companions, among them a tabby named Lorenzo, Bonz for short, and Pardner, nicknamed Pard. When asked why she was fond of cats, Le Guin said, “Because they are beautiful and funny and self-respecting and mysterious.”
It really is no surprise that the beloved author is a huge cat-lover. He wrote many updates on his blog about the everyday eccentricities of the group of cats—including Hermione, Pod, Zoe, Princess, and Coconut—that he kept at his house.
The Norwegian Wood author featured cats in his early books. He said they were "elliptical symbols that slink in and out of his character's lives". In fact, Murakami is such a cat-lover that he opened a jazz club in Tokyo and called it Peter Cat, after one of his cats.
The author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, has always shared her life with animals. She is a self-professed cat lover who talks about her “wonderful Calico cat who lived to be sixteen” on her website.
It should come as no surprise that the horror and fantasy author loves cats. He has added feline characters to many of his novels and short stories. In Pet Sematary, King tells a story of loss inspired by his family's own tragic experience with their pet cat Smucky who was hit by a car. Stephen King once wrote in a short story that “it might be that the biggest division in the world isn’t men and women but folks who like cats and folks who like dogs.”
There are so many other authors that loved cats and we wish we could write about all of them. Do you know anyone else? Tell us about them!
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